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6 Tips for Hiring a Magician

Here's everything you need to know from the pros.
Nicole Steeger

Nicole Steeger

Contributor

There's one way to make your event truly magical: hire a magician. Whether you're planning a kids party, corporate function or wedding, magicians can add something truly special to your event. But, there are lots of magicians out there with different styles and specialties. Finding the right fit certainly takes time.

We asked our magician members to give us some tips on how you can work your magic to find the perfect performer for your event. Here's what they shared: 

1. Think About the Guest List

When selecting a magician, you should first think about the event you're hosting. Are you looking for a magician to perform at a child's birthday party? Or are you looking for someone to dazzle and amaze your coworkers and clients? These details play a role in your search. Chad Chesmark (Houston, Texas) explains, "It's important to know which type of magic you're looking for from your performer. Some magicians specialize in close-up magic and can stroll from guest to guest at a party, while others will perform a more formal stage-magic show. There are adult and/or corporate magicians, and there are children's magicians. You wouldn't want to accidentally hire a birthday party magician to perform for your corporate clients!"

2. Do Research and Compare

When you start your search for a magician, read through different profiles and get to know what they have to offer. Close-up Magic of Marco (Rockaway, New Jersey) advises, "Clients should really do their homework and research before they even call an entertainer. Sites like The Bash are great because of the rating system and reviews. Clients should only consider hiring magicians or other types of entertainers who have performance videos and video testimonials on their websites."

Reading client reviews on a performer's profile is a very important step in the search process. Make sure to look at reviews that are related to the type of event you're hosting. As Marco suggests, you should also watch videos of the magician and view their pictures. If you would like more footage or additional references, you can always ask the performer for more information. You can never ask too many questions during the search process.

3. Ask for a Background Check

If you're hiring a magician for a children's event, you will likely have concerns about inviting a performer (who you don't know) to spend time with your kids. Chris C. Miller (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) offers advice on precautions you should take when searching for a magician for a child's party. "Many clients may be looking for entertainment for their children, and we all know our children are our most valuable possessions. You will want to find out if the magician you are considering is someone who works well with kids and can keep their attention for longer than 15 minutes. You also want the performer to be someone who is very trustworthy. You should also ask the magician if they have a current state background check. Before you let anyone around your children, you should know a little about who they are as a person. Most professionals will have annual background checks completed since it is a state requirement for schools and daycares to have a copy on hand before allowing anyone around the children."

4. Pay Attention to Years of Experience

Mark H. Wurst (Manahawkin, New Jersey) advises: "When a client is considering hiring a magician they should pay very close attention to the length of time the performer has been doing magic professionally. It's not hard to go online and buy some magic props, but crafting routines and magic tricks that will make their events exciting and fun takes a lifetime of experience. Also, when a performer has worked hundreds of different types of events, you can be confident that he or she will be able to adapt to your needs and deal with any changes or issues that come up."

5. Consider Insurance

You should also ask any magician you are considering hiring if they are insured, and figure out how important that is to you. Mobile Magic Entertainment (Vancouver, British Columbia) states, "The truth is, more than 80 percent of magicians and entertainers are NOT insured. In my opinion, it's not worth the risk of hiring someone who is not insured. It is common practice for magicians and entertainers to be insured with at least some liability insurance. Live magicians and entertainers are working with props and people at your event, and though we don't like to think of it, accidents can happen! When the entertainer is insured, you have less to worry about, and everyone is covered and can feel safe. It will give you peace of mind when hiring the magician."

6. Contact and Connect

When you have narrowed down your magician selection, you should contact that person for a price quote. At that point, the magician will contact you and set up a time to discuss your event in greater detail. Before you speak to the performer, you should have a list of questions ready, so you don't forget any important details. Illusions by Vick (Ellicott City, Maryland) put together a list of questions you should ask any magician you're interested in hiring:

  • Tell me about your show. What type of show can we expect?
  • What types of magic do you perform?
  • What effects or types of magical effects will you be performing?
  • How long have you been performing professionally?
  • Are you a full-time professional performer?
  • How many shows a year do you perform?
  • Where can we see you, or where can we see videos of you performing?
  • Do you do anything special for a guest of honor?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Have you ever missed a show?
  • Do you stay after the show?

Vick also added, "You should feel free to ask the performers you are considering anything that crosses your mind." The more information you have, the higher the likelihood of you finding the perfect fit for your event. When you are ready to book, make sure you get everything in writing with an entertainment contract. It's the best way to safeguard your event.

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